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Free Range Parenting

Free-Range Parenting, Facing Fears And Letting Go

Carter Gaddis | Posted 04.16.2015 | Parents
Carter Gaddis

Listen, we trust our sons. They have proven worthy of that trust time and again. They are growing up well and confident. But they're kids, and we're parents.

Free Range Parenting Will Take Guts, Groups

Sarah Smiley | Posted 04.16.2015 | Parents
Sarah Smiley

What has happened in one generation to cause a shift in the definition of a bad parent from "someone who lets her kids play Atari all day" to "someone who doesn't keep her kids inside playing Wii all day"?

Free Range Parents Danielle and Alexander Meitiv Need to Stop Fighting and Put Kids' Safety First

Bonnie Fuller | Posted 04.15.2015 | Parents
Bonnie Fuller

Danielle and Alexander Meitiv, the notorious "free range" parents, need to stop battling Child Protective Services and the "parenting police state" for now and start supervising their two young children so they don't lose them.

10 Photos From The '70s And '80s That Would Get Parents In Trouble Today

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 03.25.2015 | Parents

When Mommy Shorts creator Ilana Wiles interviewed her mom about raising kids in the '70s and '80s, she learned just how different parenting looked mer...

Free-Range Mom Blamed For Child Neglect Says Her Life Has Been 'Torn Apart'

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 03.04.2015 | Parents

Danielle Meitiv often lets her two kids, Rafi, 10 and Dvora, 6, play outside without her supervision. They are even allowed to walk home from the neig...

My So-Called Free-Range Childhood

Erika Milvy | Posted 03.03.2015 | Parents
Erika Milvy

When I read these gloating musings, I bristle. These parents were probably raised in suburbia, I think, sneering to myself a tiny bit. I'm contemptuous of these contemptuous parents with their Rockwell-esque reveries.

Free-Range Parenting Debate Misses a Critical Point

Jerome Schultz | Posted 03.29.2015 | Parents
Jerome Schultz

Kids have not been judiciously and purposefully inoculated against difficulty, and when they stare it in the face, they overestimate the size of the challenge and they turn and run or try to hide.

Some Parents Choose To Put Kids In Harm's Way

Julie Gunlock | Posted 03.29.2015 | Parents
Julie Gunlock

It's absurd that senseless fear of a vaccination or certain chemicals used in the vaccination should lead to the unnecessary death or serious illness of a child.

Mom Who Is Being Investigated For Letting Her Kids Walk Home Alone Stands By Her Decision

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.23.2015 | Parents

Last month, 10-year-old Ravi and 6-year-old Dvora were walking home from a park when they were stopped by police and driven to their residence about a...

Free-Range Parenting: Easier Said Than Done, But Worth the Effort

Daniel Griffin, Ph.D. | Posted 03.23.2015 | Parents
Daniel Griffin, Ph.D.

The goals of a free-range parent are the same as those of most parents: to raise their kids to cope successfully with life, and if possible, be outrageously happy. Humans have been debating how to get your kid to be a successful adult since we began to speak. For free-range parents, the answer is autonomy and responsibility -- early and often.

I Was the Victim of Extreme Free-Range Parenting

Kevin B. Morrow | Posted 12.10.2014 | Fifty
Kevin B. Morrow

Now to clarify, we were not THOSE kinds of Florida people that you see today on tabloid television shows. We were a normal middle class family who owned their home, had multiple cars and even went out to dinner regularly (a big deal in the 1970's).

Sometimes It Takes A Village, Except When It Shouldn't

Rachel Leventhal-Weiner | Posted 09.27.2014 | Parents
Rachel Leventhal-Weiner

The bystander in Ms. Harrell's story seems to have skipped the parent-to-parent moment. Instead, Ms. Harrell's story opens a whole vortex of parenting worry I had never even considered -- the meddling stranger.

In Defense of Helicopter Parenting

Julie M Green | Posted 09.22.2014 | Parents
Julie M Green

I never set out to become a poster girl for helicopter parenting. In fact, I despise the term, and would much rather be called a protective parent. Somewhere along the line, though, cautious parents like me became misunderstood, even maligned, in the media.

Generational Differences

Lara M. Gardner | Posted 06.22.2014 | Parents
Lara M. Gardner

What I miss the most about my childhood has nothing to do with the involvement or lack thereof of my parents, but of what technology has taken from us.

Sunday Unschooling

Will Braun | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion
Will Braun

I realized later in life that many of the most creative, wise and spiritually grounded people I knew had little formal education.

Lisa Belkin

Losing My Parenting Superpowers | Lisa Belkin | Posted 09.09.2013 | Parents

My parenting superpower -- c’mon, we all have them -- is finding things. It began as a sixth sense for one particular thing -- Puff, the stuffed...

Notes From A Newbie Free-Range Parent

Michelle Cove | Posted 08.28.2013 | Parents
Michelle Cove

I watched her walk down the driveway, her enormous pink, flowered backpack bobbing up and down, and felt teary as she turned to smile at me and wave.

LOOK: Gifts For Every (Stereotypical) Kind Of Mom

The Huffington Post | Emma Mustich | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents

If there's one thing we know about parenting, it's that every mom or dad can be summed up perfectly by a single label. (Yes -- of course! -- we're ...

6 Ridiculous Reasons Why Parents Got In Hot Water This Year

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 03.02.2013 | Parents
Lenore Skenazy

Welcome to the best and worst Free-Range Kids stories of 2012.

Should Little Girls Have Secrets?

Wendy Bradford | Posted 11.28.2012 | Parents
Wendy Bradford

"Well, you know, Molly, I don't like secrets. You're 4 and secrets are not okay."

Free-Range Extracurricular Activity: Pay Me to Ignore Your Kids

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 11.10.2012 | Parents
Lenore Skenazy

"I Won't Supervise Your Kids" ™ is different from soccer and ballet because the kids have to figure out what to do with themselves.

Your Child's World Will Shrink Before Your Eyes

Lisa Belkin | Posted 09.25.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

What was your "wandering range" as a child? What is your child's now? Does this give you second thoughts?

A Man At The Bus Stop! Call The Police!

Lisa McElroy | Posted 04.23.2012 | Parents
Lisa McElroy

Like any parent, at first, I was alarmed, just as the "alert" intended me to be. There was a man at the bus stop? And a mother noticed him and tried to talk to him, but he didn't respond? What the heck?

I Did These Things as a Kid, But My Kids Won't

Amber Dusick | Posted 03.28.2012 | Parents
Amber Dusick

Are parents as a whole more protective these days? And where is the line drawn between good protection (seat belts and not letting your kids drink bleach) and being overprotective to where it is stifling for them. I think about this sometimes.

It's Hard Being Green When You Demean: Parents Bullying Parents

Carol Smaldino | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Smaldino

There is not one thing wrong with ecological awareness, but beyond diapers and organic baby food a newer use of "green" terminology has arisen when it comes to parenting, and it has a toxic residue.